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Irene Angelakis

Child custody Attorney at Garden City, NY

4.9   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2008
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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Irene Angelakis is a dedicated and experienced matrimonial and family law attorney. Throughout the last nine years she has worked in both the private and public sector. 

Since her admission to the BAR, Ms. Angelakis has represented clients in matrimonial, child support, family offense, custody and visitation proceedings.  Upon graduation, Ms. Angelakis worked in the private sector handling matrimonial and family court cases.  In 2009, she joined the Children’s Law Center where she fiercely advocated for hundreds of clients in custody, visitation, paternity, neglect, termination of parental rights, family offense, substance abuse, and domestic violence proceedings. In that time, she successfully litigated over twenty trials involving complex issues of law and fact and was eventually promoted to “Senior Attorney.”   In the Spring of 2014, she joined Schwartz & Ciesinski, LLP and one year later she founded her own practice dedicated to representing clients in matrimonial and family law matters.  

Several academic institutions have repeatedly invited Ms. Angelakis as a guest speaker including St. John’s University School of Law, Brooklyn Law School Clinic, CUNY Law, Long Island University and BramsonOrt. She has presented on topics including custody, visitation, ethics, confidentiality, basics of a matrimonial case, domestic violence and the role of the attorney for the child. In addition to presenting at various academic institutions, she has presented continuing legal education courses to colleagues such as “Ethical Considerations in Family Law Cases,” “Traumatic Exposure,” and “The Role of the Attorney for the Child.”

From 2010 through 2014, she was an active member of several court based committees including the Family Court Domestic Violence Working Group, Child Protective Working Group, and the Disproportionate Minority Representation Working Group.


Currently, Ms. Angelakis is member of the Nassau BAR Association, Hellenic Lawyers Association, Nassau County Women's Bar Association and American Bar Association, Family Law Section. Since June of 2015, she has been the recording Secretary of the Nassau County Women's Bar Association, as well as the Co-Chair of the Solo-Practitioner and Small Firm Committee for the Nassau County Women's Bar Association.  Ms. Angelakis serves as an Arbitrator for the Nassau County Fee Dispute Resolution Program as well as a Pro Bono Attorney for the Safe Center representing victims of Domestic Violence.


Ms. Angelakis was selected to the New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in 2016 and 2017 and was named "Top 40 Under 40" in 2017 by the National Advocates.  In 2015, she was named "Who's Who of Distinguished Alumni" by the Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni.  



Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice


Law Offices of Irene Angelakis, P.C.
600 Old Country Road
Suite 205
Garden City, NY, 11530


4.9 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by Debbie | March 7, 2015
Intelligent & Aggressive Gets the Job Done!!!
I had an important case and it was expeditiously completed and won thanks to her excellent oral and written skills and knowledge of the law!!!
Posted by Benjamin | March 5, 2015
Pitbull in stilletos
Best decision i ever made. Irene is an aggressive litigator that really takes the time to make sure you walk away with the best possible outcome. She is relentless in fighting for her clients needs, and never backs down from a challenging situation. If you need a divorce lawyer, this is your champion!
Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Your case couldn't be in better hands...
Irene handled my divorce, and I would give her more than 5 stars here if I could. She was not only very knowledgeable and experienced in her field, but inspired so much confidence that everything was going to turn out ok (which it did, better than ok actually). She handled every situation with compassion and was sensitive to even the most delicate issues, she basically took the stress and worry out of my hands and handled everything, with a level of confidence and competence that was very reassuring. She never failed to give me excellent advice and was always responsive when I needed to get in touch with her, she returned my calls promptly and never left me hanging or wondering if my interests came first. And she was a fierce advocate for those interests at all times, she maintains professionalism but never lets the other side push her around. I don't think you could be in better hands, if you want somebody who will go to bat for you and make sure your case is handled the best way possible. I'm truly thankful to know Irene and to have her work on my case.
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Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Confident, intelligent, dependable lawyer!
Irene is an excellent lawyer who helped through a very difficult time in my life. She was always there for me when I needed her, even on weekends and holidays! She always knew how to handle every situation. She worked out the best resolution possible for me with confidence. She looked at all angles of the situation and did what was best for me and my family, and at a very fair price. I highly recommend her for anyone considering divorce.
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Posted by Chris | December 19, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Wonderful Legal Advice and Counsel!
I had a very challenging case involving custodial and support stipulations and I wasn't sure what my rights were. Irene was very patient and asked me all the pressing informational questions and provided all the best advisement on how to file my paperwork and assert myself to do the best by my family. She's very precise and no-nonsense, explaining things very easily so you walk away feeling confident and knowledgable. I've recommended her to many others who need a reliable attorney to help them through family court litigation etc.
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Posted by John B | August 15, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
WoW one of the best in Tri-state! Period.
I recieved a warrantless order of protection from my 17 year old child's mother who attempted to get back custody of the child at 17 for child support benefits after a disagreement. After being served I new I needed a great lawyer in the family court field. I was referred to law firm partner Irene Angelakis. And from the first 15 minutes speaking to her I felt confident that I will defeat the case and close this chapter Asaap. Irene was knowledgable, intellectual, experienced, professional, and I sincerely felt before and during the 2 day court appearance before having the case won and dismissed Irene cared about me and my family. As far as finciancially of course she must make a living but the retainer fee and final cost of both was very financial pro friendly and reasonable for a middle class guy like me. I love it! Irene lastly I want to say thanks you so much and you deserve the advertised praise you get already!
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Posted by Nora | August 2, 2015
Fierce Advocate
Irene is a highly experienced attorney with an expertise in family law. I have had the pleasure of working with her on many high conflict cases and was always impressed with how she zealously advocated for her clients. She is a skilled trial attorney whom I would strongly recommend.
Posted by Client | July 28, 2015
This is the family court lawyer you need. Period.
If you need a lawyer for family courts issues Irene is the partner you need. I have a difficult ex-spouse and not a huge budget and Irene handled everything better than anyone could. I recommend her highly. Don't waste your time talking to other people who will promise you the world and deliver nothing and just keep racking up your bill.
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Posted by Rosemarie | July 14, 2015
Best family court attorney.
I worked with Irene a few years ago and she exhibited stellar qualities as a trial attorney. Irene was totally prepared, confident, caring and professional. Since then, she has become a remarkable, seasoned, matrimonial attorney. Clients trust her and their trust is warranted. I am proud to call her a colleague and thankfully she raises the bar for other Family/Matrimonial attorneys.
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Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2015
Good experience through a difficult time
Helped me through a very difficult divorce... Always kept me informed, she got me a really good deal without costing me a fortune!
Posted by Judy | July 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
All around professional, honest family lawyer.
I decided to hire Irene after consulting with a few attorneys regarding my child custody case. What made her stand out is her experience working at the Children’s Law Center of NY and her attention to detail. She asked pertinent questions that would be critical to my case and explained the importance of those questions. I felt she was frank and sincere which I appreciated because it gave me a true sense of what I should expect with my case. Thanks to her counsel there were no surprises, I felt completely confident in her abilities from my first court date and watching her represent me. If you are looking for an attorney who is professional, knowledgeable in child laws and all around a straight shooter I would recommend Irene to anyone who needs a family lawyer.
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Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Irene Angelakis, P.C.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Schwartz & Ciesinski, LLP
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Senior Staff Attorney
  • Children's Law Center New York
  • 2009 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Maria Schwartz
  • 2007 - 2009
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  • Office of ADR Programs
  • Arbitrator
  • 2014
  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Fordham University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Relocation Trial
  • Won
  • Custody/Neglect Trial
  • Won


  • Nassau County Women's Bar Association
  • Recording Secretary
  • 2015 - Present
  • Office of the District Administratice Judge, Nassau County, ADR/Fee Dispute Program
  • Arbitrator
  • 2015 - Present
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Women's Bar Association of New York
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Hellenic Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Nassau County Women's Bar Association
  • President Elect
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Minos Cretan Cultural Center
  • President
  • 2017 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • Greek

Honors and Awards

  • New York Metro Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Citation
  • Nassau County Legislature
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Advocates
  • 2017
  • Citation
  • Town of Hempstead
  • 2016
  • Who's Who of Distinguished Alumni
  • Who's Who of Distinguished Alumni
  • 2015
  • Dedication, Determination and Professionalism
  • Nassau County Legislature
  • 2015
  • Honor Society
  • Fordham University
  • 2003
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  • The Docket
  • Internships, An Attorney's View
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Presentation to Social Work Students
  • Expert Testimony in Custody Cases
  • 2014
  • CLE
  • Traumatic Exposure, Part 2
  • 2014
  • CLE
  • Traumatic Exposure, Part 1
  • 2014
  • Guest Speaker at CUNY Law
  • Integrated Domestic Violence Part
  • 2013
  • CLE Course
  • Role of the Attorney for the Child
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (8)
Endorse Irene
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very knowledgeable family law attorney, dedicated to her clients' success."
Family Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Irene Angelakis is a zealous advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Irene Angelakis is a very smart, knowledgeable, talented attorney whose skills work to benefit her clients. She is a formidable adversary and works tirelessly to secure beneficial outcomes for her clients."
Family Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Irene is an excellent and very experienced attorney. I have worked with her on a complex matrimonial matter and her dedication to her clients as well as her in depth knowledge of family law make her stand out in our field. I would refer Irene Angelakis to anyone in need of top-notch representation in family law."
Child custody Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I do not know a more professional, proficient and compassionate advocate in the matrimonial/child custody field than Ms. Angelakis. She is my go-to attorney for any clients I have who need specialized help in such matters, and I endorse her whole-heartedly and without reservation."
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